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AGE43RESIDENCEBoulder (My accepted home for about 10 years, but I accept lived in Boulder County abounding longer.)HOMETOWNBoulderPROFESSIONEntrepreneur, apprenticeship advocate, U.S. Representative, aloft floristEDUCATIONPrinceton University (BA)FAMILYTwo accouchement with my adept accomplice Marlon ReisEXPERIENCEFounder of several businesses, including American Information Systems, Bluemountain.com, ProFlowers. Started the New America Academy and served as its administrator and co-founded Academy of Burghal Learning, attainable allotment schools for at-risk youth. Co-founded mentoring programs Techstars and Patriot Boot Camp to advice Americans barrage their own businesses Served on the Colorado Lath of Education, 2001-2007, including one year as Chair. U.S. Representative for Colorado’s Second District, 2009-pre[email protected]PolisForCO
Why are you active for office?Far too abounding Coloradans today feel like they can’t get advanced admitting our booming economy. For too many, paychecks and raises haven’t kept up with the accretion costs of housing, bloom care, and daycare. I’m active for governor to body a Colorado abridgement area bodies don’t aloof get by, but advance — whether it’s the agriculturalist whose alimentation is in crisis due to drought, the adolescent able whose assets isn’t befitting up with the rent, or the parents disturbing to pay their bloom exceptional on top of the amazing amount of preschool. We can and charge do better.
What three activity issues set you afar from your opponent(s)?Education: I’ve spent my career architecture schools and angry for added assets for our students, teachers, and classrooms. Walker Stapleton has fought aloof as adamantine to booty money out of our attainable schools.
Health Care: My bloom affliction plan will abate Coloradans’ bloom affliction costs and aggrandize admission to affection care. Walker Stapleton’s affairs will rob hundreds of bags of Coloradans of their bloom coverage, while active up costs for the blow of us.
Outdoor economy: I will assure the attainable acreage that ability hundreds of bags of good-paying jobs beyond our state. Walker Stapleton has banned to angle up to Donald Trump’s efforts to advertise off attainable acreage to the accomplished bidder.
What are the bigger areas of acceding amid you and your opponent(s)?Walker and I accede that our chock-full anchorage and abridgement of affordable apartment are austere problems for Coloradans. We disagree on the solutions.
Where would you like to see Colorado’s busline arrangement in two decades, and what’s the best way to get there? What’s your position on the aggressive accompaniment busline initiatives?I abutment application new and absolute sources of acquirement to armamentarium alley and artery projects afterwards sacrificing allotment for bloom affliction or attainable schools. I argue putting our accompaniment billions in debt afterwards any acquirement like Walker Stapleton would with Proposition 109; instead, I will assignment with Republicans, Democrats, and the business association to acquisition a allotment accommodation that works if Proposition 110 fails on the acclamation this fall.
We should additionally assignment to affix Fort Collins to Pueblo with accelerated driver abuse that links to our absolute busline basement and helps bodies get to assignment quicker and beneath expensively. As a aboriginal footfall on Front Range Rail, we should accomplishment the attainable ascribe activity and complete a achievability abstraction to actuate how abounding of the activity can be adjourned by bonding adjoin aing admission sales, and how much, if any, would crave Coloradans to vote on new acquirement sources. And finally, we should accomplish all of Colorado, abnormally rural areas, 100% affiliated to accelerated internet, which will accredit added telecommuting and advice bodies assignment in the communities they alive in.
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What will you do to administer the appulse of advance forth the Front Range and ensure that rural areas allotment in the benefits?The amount of active in Colorado has decidedly added and paychecks haven’t kept up. I’m focused on analytic both genitalia of this problem: creating added affordable apartment options while additionally adopting incomes beyond the lath so that added Coloradans can acquiesce to alive in the communities they alarm home. It’s the job of the Governor to body coalitions and assignment with ample administering and municipalities to abode the abridgement of affordable housing.For too long, we’ve suffered a rural-urban bisect in Colorado. Aback you apprehend about Colorado’s abounding economy, larboard out are rural Colorado’s aerial bloom affliction costs, the appulse of Admiral Trump’s barter war on our farmers and ranchers, and the wildfires and droughts that altitude change is authoritative worse and worse. As addition who has created hundreds of jobs and met payroll, I accept a plan to accompany our bread-and-er success to every bend of the state.
I’m appreciative to accept represented genitalia of rural Colorado in Congress, and I’ve formed adamantine to break problems that are aing to home for these families — like admission to bloom care, rural broadband, and apartment costs.
As governor, I will abutment every aspect of our rural economies — from affordable housing, to acceptable schools, to a avant-garde infrastructure, and of advance arresting our attainable lands. I accept a absolute plan to accompany accepted accelerated internet admission to Colorado, which is one of the best important things we can do to arch our state’s urban-rural bisect and accomplish abiding every kid in Colorado gets a abounding education, or that entrepreneurs can alpha the business of their dreams no amount area they live.
Colorado’s bloom allowance barter and Medicaid amplification accept accustomed hundreds of bags added association coverage, but bloom affliction charcoal a top affair in accompaniment polls. Affordability and admission are decidedly arduous in alien areas. Area should the accompaniment go on this issue, and what will you do to get us there?This is why I actually disagree with Walker Stapleton’s plan to cycle aback the Medicaid amplification and atom Colorado’s bloom allowance exchange. That would drive up allowance costs for the blow of us. No one should anytime accept to accept amid accident their activity accumulation and accident their life, or their child’s life. That’s why I’m activity to booty actual activity to save Coloradans money on healthcare — endlessly decree amount gouging, bringing accuracy to the bloom affliction marketplace, blurred bloom affliction premiums, and bringing affection providers to underserved areas so that no one has to drive hours and hours, or break on a months-long cat-and-mouse list, aloof to get the affliction they need.
AGE44RESIDENCEGreenwood VillagePROFESSIONState broker aback 2011EDUCATION Bachelor’s amount from Williams College, master’s in business economics from London Academy of Economics and master’s in business administering from Harvard Business SchoolFAMILYWife Jenna and three childrenEXPERIENCEFormer chairman, CEO and admiral of Sonoma West Holdings, a bartering absolute acreage company; absolute acreage investor; beforehand assignment included positions in business development at tech aggregation Live365 and as an analyst for Hambrecht & Quist, a technology advance bankW[email protected]walkerstapleton
Why are you active for office?I am active for Governor for three capital reasons, my children. I appetite them, and all of Colorado’s children, to accept abounding bread-and-er opportunity. I will be a baton who understands the all-inclusive assortment of adventures in our accompaniment and can allege to both the needs of the Front Range as able-bodied as the Western Slope and Eastern Plains.
Despite accumulative political rancor, Colorado has remained a archetypal of collaboration. Beneath both Democratic and Republican Governors, we accept been a accompaniment of accepted faculty and consensus-driven leadership. I accept that I action voters the best best in advancement that bequest and attention the Colorado way. I will accomplish abiding that Colorado charcoal the affectionate of abode we all appetite to alive and accession a family.
What three activity issues set you afar from your opponent(s)?This acclamation presents voters with a abrupt contrast. Congressman Polis and I accept awfully altered approaches to analytic abounding of our state’s best arduous problems, including bloom care, education, and the economy.
I appetite to fix what is amiss with our bloom affliction arrangement and accomplish it added attainable and affordable for Coloradans. As Governor, I will assignment with our attainable programs and the clandestine area to abate costs and advance affection beyond the board. I see a bloom affliction arrangement area we accept added best in the types of advantage families can purchase. Congressman Polis wants to appoint a single-payer, government-run bloom affliction arrangement on Coloradans that will advance to tax increases and lower affection care.
Congressman Polis and I additionally accept altered approaches to education. I accept a plan to alter apprenticeship dollars abroad from out-of-control authoritative costs and use this money to advance outcomes in the classrooms and pay agents more. My adversary advocates for added government-run programs afterwards acknowledgment how he will pay for it.
I will additionally be a governor who keeps taxes low so Colorado can accept a advancing abridgement with affluence of jobs. Congressman Polis has accurate job-killing regulations that could advance to 230,000 job losses in the activity industry alone.
What are the bigger areas of acceding amid you and your opponent(s)?On a aerial level, I anticipate we are both active because we adulation this accompaniment and appetite to accomplish it a abode to accession our families. To be sure, we are aing this ambition from actual altered places politically and action actual altered solutions.
I anticipate we can both accede that added has to be done for our rural communities with broadband amplification and development. Again, there are key differences in how we would admission this problem, but I anticipate we both accede on the huge appulse of accepting all corners of our accompaniment affiliated with broadband. It is the courage of the 21st aeon economy, bloom care, and attainable safety.
Where would you like to see Colorado’s busline arrangement in two decades, and what’s the best way to get there? What’s your position on the aggressive accompaniment busline initiatives?As governor, I will apparatus a abiding band-aid to fix busline and move abroad from the accepted archetypal of concise fixes that don’t abode the basis of the problem. Coloradans absorb too abounding time sitting in traffic. Investing in our state’s basement will affluence bottleneck and acquiesce Coloradans to absorb added time at their destinations, including at home with their families. I will appeal accuracy and accountability from the Department of Transportation, acquisition a abiding acquirement beck to armamentarium our busline needs, and accent architecture anchorage and bridges, article we accept alone for far too long.
I do not abutment accretion the sales tax to pay for our roads. The Fix Our Damn Anchorage angle is a acceptable alpha but I anticipate a abiding band-aid will still be needed.
What will you do to administer the appulse of advance forth the Front Range and ensure that rural areas allotment in the benefits?As treasurer, I accept served all Coloradans over the aftermost seven years. During this time I catholic to all 64 counties and heard from citizens about their apropos with our accompaniment and how behavior affect their lives. A booming abridgement on the Front Range has been a benefaction to our state, but it cannot appear at the amount of our rural communities.
Too often, our accompaniment government operates in the Denver bubble, but our accompaniment is all-embracing and diverse. I will agents acreage offices beyond the accompaniment to actualize a ability for Coloradans and accommodate all capacity a absolute band to the Governor’s Office. It’s time to accompany accompaniment government afterpiece to the people.
Colorado’s bloom allowance barter and Medicaid amplification accept accustomed hundreds of bags added association coverage, but bloom affliction charcoal a top affair in accompaniment polls. Affordability and admission are decidedly arduous in alien areas. Area should the accompaniment go on this issue, and what will you do to get us there?Rising bloom affliction costs are a aloft affair for Colorado families and are abrupt our state’s budget. As Colorado’s aing Governor, I will apparatus reforms to advice abridge and accumulate bloom affliction for Coloradans. My Administering will booty a three-pronged admission to acclimation Colorado’s bloom affliction system: advance antitoxin and primary affliction by amalgam mental, behavioral, and concrete health; ameliorate our attainable systems with a focus on outcomes-based affliction and greater authoritative efficiency; and actualize added choices for families through the types of advantage offered.
Congressman Polis and I accept acutely altered approaches aback it comes to arrest Colorado’s bloom affliction challenges. While Congressman Polis wants to apparatus government-run, one-size-fits-all bloom care, I appetite to actualize added affordable options for Coloradans. Although our accepted arrangement is not perfect, affective to single-payer will aching Coloradans and abort Colorado’s economy. Instead, we should fix what is amiss with Colorado bloom affliction and assignment calm to lower costs and advance the affection of care.
Unity Affair of Colorado
AGE43RESIDENCEThornton (2 years)HOMETOWNOdessa, TexasPROFESSIONLife Allowance AgentEDUCATION1997 B.A., English and American Literature, New York UniversityEXPERIENCE2005-Present Chairman, Unity Affair of Colorado; 2004-Present Chairman, Unity Affair of [email protected]ammons
Why are you active for office?I’m active for the simple acumen that I’m absolutely article new beneath the sun (for once). I founded (with my father) the now-38-state Unity Affair of America the day afterwards the 2004 Election, and founded the Unity Affair of Colorado by alone acquisition able-bodied over 1,000 accurate aborigine signatures in assorted statewide races, acceding myself as a Unity Affair applicant on the Accepted Acclamation ballot. Those 1,000 signatures put the Unity Affair on the aborigine allotment anatomy as the “Unity” option, and the 1,000 voters who after affiliated with “Unity” put UP into official affair cachet in Colorado.
What three activity issues set you afar from your opponent(s)?Colorado can and should advance the way as a accompaniment archetype TODAY in angry Altitude Change, in accouterment all citizens (through Medicare-inspired means) with the bloom affliction they charge and deserve, and in growing and developing a acceptable economy. Altitude Change and its furnishings are real, are man-made, are a absolute threat, and can be fought. We charge to move our state’s taxation arrangement abroad from backbreaking workers for agriculture their families, and appear black annihilative behavior of all kinds. Such a arrangement would be a added able and effective archetypal for the civic sales tax continued advocated by abounding conservatives.
What are the bigger areas of acceding amid you and your opponent(s)?Jared Polis and I aloof agreed by argument with a “haha” that we both like amusing media (we’ve been Facebook accompany for over a decade, aback we both aboriginal ran for Congress) and, on a added austere note, that we both accede on budgetary responsibility.
Where would you like to see Colorado’s busline arrangement in two decades, and what’s the best way to get there? What’s your position on the aggressive accompaniment busline initiatives?I would like to see Colorado’s busline arrangement everywhere it is needed. I don’t abutment Fix Our Damn Roads, and neither do I abutment yet addition acceptable sales tax. What I DO abutment is a acquirement admeasurement based on the carbon agreeable of car ammunition which can be acclimated to fix and aggrandize our anchorage with an eye on how alike a almost baby cardinal of self-driving cars in Colorado will acutely change cartage patterns (hopefully for the better).
What will you do to administer the appulse of advance forth the Front Range and ensure that rural areas allotment in the benefits?I’m advancing added and added to argue acreage taxes, which tend to ster bounded bread-and-er inequalities. A backup of accompaniment assets taxes with a carbon acquirement admeasurement based on the carbon agreeable of deposit fuels will animate the added able use of acreage and roads, and a backup of acreage taxes with the same, with the consistent revenues of advance remitted aback locally, will ensure added fair and added alike development beyond Colorado.
Colorado’s bloom allowance barter and Medicaid amplification accept accustomed hundreds of bags added association coverage, but bloom affliction charcoal a top affair in accompaniment polls. Affordability and admission are decidedly arduous in alien areas. Area should the accompaniment go on this issue, and what will you do to get us there?I abutment a state-based Medicare-for-all system, with cogent allotment provided to animate adolescent doctors with medical academy debts (including adolescent adopted doctors if charge be) to set up boutique in rural areas defective a bounded Starbucks.
Rural medical accessories should additionally be encouraged to accommodate adjustable appraisement for out-of-towners. In added words, addition who can accommodate affidavit of an burghal zip cipher can be accustomed a cogent abatement on non-emergency bloom casework that would absolve the cruise and trip-related expenses. Such a arrangement would accumulate bustling (and accordingly in business) rural hospitals that ability contrarily be underutilized; any of my adolescent Coloradans who accept anytime climbed a 14er hours from the aing medical ability should abutment such a plan out of self-interest.
AGE62RESIDENCEGolden (21 years)HOMETOWNConiferPROFESSIONReal Acreage DeveloperEDUCATIONJD LawFAMILYWife and DaughterEXPERIENCEI accept run a law arrangement and added companiesWEBSITEn/aFACEBOOKscotthelkerforgovernorTWITTERn/a
Why are you active for office?As a Libertarian I accept in Bound Government as the best government. It is my basal acceptance that Government is not consistently the acknowledgment and abounding times it is the problem. I able-bodied accepted aback I began this attack that it was one baby footfall central a beyond movement to restore the Republic, the liberties of Americans, and actual possibly those of the World’s Citizens. The Libertarian Affair as a movement has developed from a few bodies in a active allowance in Denver to a affair with candidates on the acclamation in every state. I will not win the Governorship but anytime a Libertarian will become the Governor of Colorado. I am aloof one baby footfall in that process
What three activity issues set you afar from your opponent(s)?The bigger aberration is that I do not anticipate of Government as accepting the alone solutions. Because I do not put myself in a box area alone 10% of the solutions are, I am chargeless to analyze the added 90% of the solutions that are available. My three examples activate with water. The solutions put advanced by both Mr. Stapleton and Mr. Polis will not admission the aggregate of baptize in the Colorado river basins or bushing the aquifers in Colorado and by absence the aquifers in the surrounding states. Facilitation by Government in reintroducing beavers aback to Colorado would admission the aggregate of baptize in the Colorado river basins by a third to two thirds. The beavers would bushing the aquifers afterwards a billion-dollar amount tag, absolution up abounding bare money for highways. Second, alimony funds in the United States are currently 4 abundance dollars in debt. Abounding countries in Europe begin accuracy in the adage that “all Government alimony affairs abort aback they run out of added people’s money.” The Netherlands now accept a absolutely adjourned alimony plan with able-bodied over a abundance dollars central their alimony fund. Why not get government out of the alimony armamentarium business as in the Netherlands and accomplish PERA a nonprofit accessible to anybody in Colorado authoritative a actual advanced abject to balance PERA and accept government accomplish abiding that the alimony is able-bodied run? Finally, one affair that government can do is to accomplish an absolution for all apprentice accommodation payments aloft the boilerplate aboriginal three years’ bacon with like amount a apprentice should have. It would alter by degree. A abecedary would be able to acquittal in defalcation all apprentice loans aloft $30,000. An architect could acquittal all apprentice loans over $75,000. It is aural the state’s ability to ascendancy exemptions; why not use it to the account of acceptance active in debt while authoritative them amenable for the remainder?
What are the bigger areas of acceding amid you and your opponent(s)?All the candidates active adulation the accompaniment of Colorado and appetite the best for the State. Afterwards that amid them and myself, we accept annihilation in common. As a Libertarian I accept in bound government. The sad accuracy is if the Republican Affair formed to absolute government, there would be no Libertarian Party. Both aloft parties see government as the acknowledgment and put themselves in a box with alone 10% of the accessible solutions. As a Libertarian alive alfresco the box I see not alone the 10% but the added 90% of our options. If you appetite an ever-growing government that imprisons added of its citizens than Russia, vote for a aloft party. If you appetite a baptize band-aid that does not accession the aggregate of baptize in the Colorado river basin or bushing the aquifers, vote for a aloft party. If you are accommodating to accomplish advance against a bigger Colorado vote for a Libertarian. Accompany the advance against a bigger Colorado
Where would you like to see Colorado’s busline arrangement in two decades, and what’s the best way to get there? What’s your position on the aggressive accompaniment busline initiatives?I am a businesslike Libertarian. I would abutment clandestine alternatives such as acceptance companies admission to railroad easements to accommodate another busline to bank and ski towns. To accomplish RTD assignment added efficiently, I would abutment the abatement of the accepted adopted lath and the top admiral at RTD and alter them by vote or appointment. Alternatively, I’d seek to privatize it. As to highways I would, area possible, alter old administration with new, and accomplish abiding that fees do not go into the accepted armamentarium but appear highways. Acquisition programs that can be done bigger in the nonprofit area and end them. The amount accumulation would be channeled into the artery fund.
What will you do to administer the appulse of advance forth the Front Range and ensure that rural areas allotment in the benefits?First, I would animate the added 49 states to canyon TABOR-like amendments so that their economies could be as able as Colorado’s, if not stronger. That would aftereffect in abate advance as bodies do not charge to move to Colorado for jobs. I would animate Colorado companies to admittance added telecommuting and to put accessory offices in rural towns for individuals gluttonous not alone a acceptable job but a bigger affection of life.
Colorado’s bloom allowance barter and Medicaid amplification accept accustomed hundreds of bags added association coverage, but bloom affliction charcoal a top affair in accompaniment polls. Affordability and admission are decidedly arduous in alien areas. Area should the accompaniment go on this issue, and what will you do to get us there?If government is the alone solution, we’ll end up with a broke bloom affliction system. I advance a state-wide Medical Collective or Association to accommodate advantage to all citizens who ambition to accompany at, on average, $400 to $800 per month. Wherever Bloom Affliction Collectives grow, the amount of bloom affliction amount goes down. Allowance companies and the government would be affected to acknowledge by blurred costs to citizens. Admission the cardinal of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants with greater responsibilities to accommodate the aing bearing of Accepted Practice doctors. If you anticipate alfresco the government box, you can acquisition abounding solutions and not aloof chase a broke idea.
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